GraceKennedy Limited, sponsors of Jamaica’s ISSA Boys and Girls Championships (Champs) has an agreement to extend their sponsorship of the event until 2025 in a deal valued at US$4 million.Biggest scholastic meet in the worldGraceKennedy has been title sponsors of the event considered the biggest high school athletics meet in the world since 2007. Don Wehby, Group Chief Executive Officer at GraceKennedy announced the extension of the sponsorship on Wednesday at the launch of the 2018 edition in Kingston.Commitment of over US$4 million“We have signed a contract, Dr. Small and myself, for another seven years for Grace Kennedy to continue to sponsor Champs, right up until 2025. It is an honor, a privilege for GraceKennedy to be associated with this event,” Wehby said. “We have made a commitment of over US$4 million for the life of the sponsorships.”The championships will get underway on March 20 and conclude on the 24th at Jamaica’s National Stadium in Kingston.Cash prize for each record brokenThe CEO also announced the continuation of an incentive for athletes to aim for excellence by offering an award of US$230 thousand for each record broken. This award will be for a school development project and in which the athletes should have an input. Meanwhile, chairman of the Organizing Committee Collen Montague revealed at Wednesday’s launch that former athletes Carlos Samuels and Winsome Cole will be honored as ambassadors for this year’s event, as will coach Dwayne Jarrett, official Earl Spencer and Champs committee members Glen Mills and Ed Barnes.
Sunday, May 19th – Venue: Vincent Torres ParkUNIFEST25 Celebration Live ConcertFestival activities – Battle of the marching bands, Parade of Nations, Haitian Flag Day, FoodKids ZoneVIP Experience#UNIFEST25 #UNIFESTLiveFor more information on the UNIFEST25 Experience visit www.unifestlive.org. Tickets are available at local ticket outlets and on line at Eventbrite. The Greater Caribbean-American Cultural Coalition along with its partners, The City of Lauderdale Lakes and the Greater Caribbean-American Chamber of Commerce invite the residents of Broward County and beyond to celebrate 25 years of bridging cultures through music, food, family activities while connecting local businesses with patrons they serve.Festivities Include:Friday, May 17th – Venue: Lauderdale Lakes City Hall, Multi-purpose Building – (4340 NW 36th Street – Lauderdale Lakes, FL. 33319)2 morning motivational workshops at 9am -1pm, – FreeUNIFEST Business Mixer and Sponsor reception at 6:30pm – 10pm – FreeMuch anticipated TEEN Talent Explosion featuring the 2019 TEEN Sensation Finals – Tickets $10Saturday, May 18thFarmer’s Market – 8am – 2pm at the Lauderdale Lakes Community Garden – (4340 NW 36th Street – Lauderdale Lakes)Sports Explosion, UNIFEST youth sports day featuring basketball, baseball and netball – 10am – 2pm at the Lauderdale Lakes Vincent Torres Park – (4331 NW 36thStreet – Lauderdale Lakes)
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – TT Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley is to visit Europe and the United States for talks with oil companies. He has urged opposition legislators to put aside partisan politics and hope for a fruitful outcome of the deliberations as Trinidad and Tobago seeks to improve upon its economic situation.“I leave here at the end of the month, I go to Holland, to meet Shell, I go to London to meet BP, I go to Houston to meet EOG and Shell and I am doing that, just wish us well,” Rowley told a late night sitting of the Parliament debating the Mid-Year Review for fiscal year 2019, presented by Finance Minister Colm Imbert.No panicRowley told legislators that his administration did not panic when the oil company, BPTT, issued a statement over the weekend indicating disappointing results “have had a material impact on our forecasted production especially in 2020 and 2021.“This means there are challenges to our supply of gas to Train 1 after 2019. BP along with Atlantic and its shareholders are working through options for the future of the train. The other three trains remain unaffected,” the company said, adding that its exploration and well work programs would continue as planned in 2019 and there is no impact to sanctioned projects, Angelin, Cassia Compression and Matapal.Inherent uncertainty“Despite BPTT’s recent exploration successes such as Savannah and Macadamia and ongoing success in the development of the Angelin field, these recent drilling results remind us that there is inherent uncertainty in the subsurface,’ BPTT added.But Rowley, just like Imbert before dismissed the “unwarranted negativity” that followed the BPTT announcement by certain sections of the media and the opposition.“This government make decisions. BP is up the east coast, they drilled…close to Tobago. Two of those wells were unsuccessful,” and the contract required more exploration.
Share Share SBC’s Year In Review: October’s big betting news December 30, 2019 Related Articles CheckdMedia CEO Jamie Knowlson on the opportunity for growth and US expansion October 21, 2019 Checkd Media, the owner of affiliate brand FootyAccumulators, has joined the latest trend for affiliate consolidation and extended its brand portfolio with the acquisition of Oddschanger and its related assets for an undisclosed figure.Checkd Media has purchased UK based Oddschanger, a sports betting social media affiliate business, from founder Will Tyrrell. Oddschanger was established in 2013 and now has over 120,000 followers and fans.Tyrrell will be employed by Checkd Media in the role of Head of Oddschanger. He said: “I’m really excited to join the team after following the progression of the company for many years. I can’t wait to get involved and do what I can to help the market leaders continue to dominate the industry.”Jamie KnowlsonJamie Knowlson, CEO of Checkd Media, added: “Oddschanger is a brilliant brand and more importantly Will is a fantastic addition to the team here, we’re really pleased and believe Oddschanger will become a very strong brand within the industry. There are some changes that need to be made with investment into the website and social growth, but I’m sure we will see Oddschanger become a key part of our portfolio.’’Knowlson said that Checkd Media will continue to look for other acquisition opportunities.Next month’s Betting on Sports conference has several sessions for affiliates, including a presentation from RB Capital entitled “How to sell your affiliate business” and a panel discussion on affiliate diversification. Click here to find out more on the most comprehensive sports betting conference. StumbleUpon Super Early Bird offer for next year’s Betting on Football November 8, 2018 Submit
Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk August 10, 2020 Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity July 28, 2020 Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Submit Stockholm-listed online gambling group Kindred Group Plc has opened its new office in Tigne Point Malta, merging its two operational offices within a hi-tech environment.Kindred governance had previously detailed that a relocation was needed to accommodate its growing Malta operational headcount which had reached +400 employees.“Kindred Group continues to outpace the gambling market in terms of growth and has expanded into a new top modern office space at Tigne Point on Malta. The new office co-locates Kindred’s 400 employees on Malta from the previous offices in St Julians and Gzira, offering employees a great experience and a great working environment that reflects Kindred’s strong culture” details the Stockholm enterprise in its corporate update.The firm’s new Tigne Point covers three floors (5,200 sqm) overlooking the Mediterranean. The office’s enlarged capacity, holds 500 desks and 47 meeting rooms, with the latest AV technology to ensure seamless collaboration across Kindred’s eleven offices.Kindred Malta employees will have access to free meals, yoga classes, games and other recreational activities.Updating the market, Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Kindred Group commented on the firms new Malta headquarters”I am delighted that we have finally been able to gather all our Malta-based employees in this impressive new office at Tigne Point. We are a company on the forefront of our industry with high growth in a market where competition for talent is tough. Through our new base in Malta, we will work hard to attract the best talent, so we can continue our exciting journey towards being the number one operator across our markets
FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Submit Share Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Seeking to revamp its home market profile, French online bookmaker Betclic has confirmed the appointment of Paris-based Socialy.fr as its new lead creative advertising agency for display, TV and digital verticals.Socialy.fr replaces Omnicom Group and DDB Europe, French marketing agency Romance as Betclic lead creative account.French media news source Strategies.fr, reports that Betclic’s executive team appointed Socialy.fr without undertaking a competitive/competitor review.New incumbent Socialy.fr is a specialist in strategizing multi € million ad-spend accounts, having developed high coverage/impact campaigns for Mcdonalds France, Accenture, Banque Privee and Total Gas.Entering 2019, Betclic released its first advertising campaign ‘New Playground’ under the guidance of Socialy.fr, promoting its in-play and mobile betting services to French millennials aged 18-25.Returning its management offices to Bordeaux France, a new Betclic executive team has emphasised its commitment to re-establishing the online bookmaker as France’s leading sports betting proposition.Seeking to recapture its former glories, Betclic’s executive team has stated that the bookmaker will develop new advertising concepts alongside engaging content, refreshing its legacy image to French sports consumers.
Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service August 20, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 FTSE100 gambling group GVC Holdings Plc has strengthened its ongoing ‘Changing for the Bettor’ corporate campaign by partnering with new industry non-profit organisation Safer Online Gambling Group (SOGG).Founded this year, SOGG is a public health non-profit formed by father and son team, David and Adam Bradford, to raise awareness and collaboration across all UK health networks on tackling problem gambling-related harms.SOGG will support GVC’s ‘Changing for the Bettor’ initiatives on the treatment of problem gambling, supporting research and developing safer gambling software – with GVC announcing that it will fund SOGG to develop ‘specifically tailored digital therapy tools for any individual showing signs of problematic play’.The partnership forms part of GVC’s global safer gambling campaign which includes a $5 million investment with Harvard Medical School’s Division on Addiction over the next five years.Grainne Hurst, GVC’s Director of Responsible Gambling, said: “We believe that it is vital to increase collaboration between operators, regulators and independent treatment providers and are very pleased to be able to partner with SOGG and support their development of digital therapy tools to treat problem gambling behaviour.”In its update, GVC highlights the need for the industry to treat ‘harm reduction as a legislative requirement’, pointing to disparities between funding of New Zealand and UK problem gambling support structures.“The annual budget for the prevention of gambling harms is over $NZ18m (£9.3m; €10.7m; $12m) for a population of 4.7 million,” Hurst continued. “By contrast, in 2017-18 Britain had £8m for gambling research, education, and treatment for a population of 65 million; less than £1.5m was spent on prevention activity.“This funding relies on voluntary contributions from industry. GVC is the only operator to volunteer to donate 1% (20m) of its gross gambling revenue (GGR) by 2022, to fund research, education and treatment – this is ten times the current requirement.”As a new industry safe gambling organisation, SOGG aims to provide a platform to drive communication and action between all stakeholders tackling gambling harm illnesses, including families affected by gambling and policymakers.Former online gambling addict, David Bradford, 62, said: “Online gambling became a devastating addiction for me. In many cases, an addict will not know they have a problem until it’s too late. Psychologically, it takes you over. GVC’s commitment to funding pioneering treatment centres and exploring technologies that may seem a problem in the making is good news, and I’m pleased that they have asked SOGG to work alongside them.”His son Adam Bradford, a social entrepreneur and activist, added: “We know first-hand just how devastating the effects out of control online gambling are on the wider family. Many, like my dad, keep their addiction secret – we only found out about his problems through a report on the front page of the local newspaper.“SOGG aims to be a credible and trustworthy critical friend to the industry, but not afraid to campaign on behalf of families affected by a gambling addiction who are too often left without a voice. We know we can make change happen, having contributed to the successful campaign to bring the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals stake down and the rollout of an NHS gambling clinic as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.”
Winning Post: Political flip-floppery leads to uncertainty for casinos August 3, 2020 Cross-party think-tank calls for £100 monthly limit on gambling August 5, 2020 Labour Party Deputy Leader Tom Watson has published the full transcript of his speech on gambling reforms delivered yesterday to UK ‘cross-party’ thinktank DEMOS.In his opening statement, Watson outlines his belief that the UK gambling sector’s defence of FOBTs machines through ‘unacceptable lobbying’ has seen its incumbents ‘fall beyond public accountability’.Watson states that any future Labour government ‘must audit every existing regulator to ensure that they put the interest of consumers at the heart of what they do.’Placing consumer interests and protections at the forefront of future UK gambling policies, Watson outlines that industry regulators must ensure that the sector maintains a public rationale.“Trust in markets requires consumers to be treated fairly but from rail, to energy, to financial services, it often feels like consumers are secondary in the minds of regulators who are meant to govern in their interest,” Watson states to DEMOS audience.“Today represents the beginning of what I hope will be a more productive phase of gambling policymaking. When we think about gambling, and its place in society today, do we have an idea of what we would like it to be… Do we have a vision for change?”Addressing policy stakeholders, Watson details further insights on ‘cultural change’ as a dynamic that can change gamblings’ relationship with the UK public.“I talked about culture: a culture of gambling that is based on fairness, transparency and dignity, and never loses sight of the fact that people are more important than profits. Believing in this kind of culture is not the same thing as being either for or against gambling.”Assessing current gambling regulatory frameworks, Watson believes that a restructuring of the current ‘tripartite arrangement’ set by the 2005 Gambling Act will lead to better industry governance.“The 2005 Gambling Act was based on 3 principles: to prevent disorder and crime, to ensure that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way, and to protect the vulnerable from harm.“These are important principles. But too often they have been used by both the regulator and the industry to define what gambling should not be. They have been interpreted as punitive rather than aspirational. ““If we are to change our gambling culture, we need a structure based on transformative principles”.Watson outlines that the betting industry should strive towards ‘three new priorities’, in having a regulator that champions ‘purposeful companies’, introducing an ombudsman monitoring consumer interests/disputes and helping UK healthcare networks uphold public health concerns.Supporting change, Watson and Labour back the introduction of a mandatory 1% Gross-Gambling-Yield levy, raising a target £100 million in funds for problem gambling treatment, research and prevention.Watson states that the introduction of the mandatory levy, which has received the backing of a number of industry leaders and cross-party MPs should lead to a restructuring of current tripartite arrangements.“In no other area of government would it be reasonable to have an industry levy of over £100 million without formal processes of auditing, impact assessments, training and clinical standards attached to how that levy is spent.“We simply would not allow that to happen with other sectors. And nor should we allow it for gambling… Not when the stakes are so high”. Submit StumbleUpon Share Shadow Charity Minister praises YGAM’s ‘resilience under lockdown’ June 26, 2020 Share Related Articles
Submit Share StumbleUpon Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Share Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 In a surprise move, William Hill has announced a change in leadership in revealing that Ulrik Bengtsson is to replace Philip Bowcock as CEO at the end of the month.Bengtsson, previously William Hill’s Chief Digital Officer, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer Designate and a Director of the Company with immediate effect and will assume full CEO responsibilities from 30 September.The company said that Bowcock will continue on at Hills until the end of the year in order to assist with the transition. It added: “This change is part of William Hill’s succession planning and consistent with the Group’s strategy of becoming a digitally led and internationally diverse gambling company.”Roger Devlin, Chairman of William Hill, said: “I would like to thank Philip for his important contribution to William Hill over the last four years, both as CFO and for three years as CEO. During that time, Philip has built a great team, with real depth and a strong culture and overall the business is in good shape.“He has led the business through a period of unprecedented change including the challenges of the Triennial Review and has set a clear strategy, driven our expansion in the US and reinvented our approach to safer gambling.“The Board is pleased to appoint Ulrik to the role. Having overseen the Group’s digital operations for 18 months, he knows the business well and is ideally suited to lead our next phase of growth. Ulrik has deep understanding in digital and has the international and sector experience we need to deliver on our strategy. His appointment will provide continuity, stability and operational digital leadership as we deliver on the strategy we have set.”Bengtsson joined William Hill in April 2018 and was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Betsson AB. He said: “I am delighted to be taking on the CEO role at such an exciting time for William Hill and look forward to working with the team to deliver our strategy. We have a great opportunity to build William Hill as a digital and international business by driving Online growth in the UK and internationally, growing a scale US business, remodelling Retail and delivering our Nobody Harmed ambition.”Bowcock added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at William Hill. It has been an intense period with the industry and business experiencing significant structural and regulatory change. After all the work the team has done I believe the business is now well placed to take advantage of the opportunities presented in the US market as well as continued growth in digital. Having recruited and worked with Ulrik for the last year and a half, I am confident he will take advantage of the opportunities ahead and we will see William Hill go from strength to strength.”
Share Related Articles Share Esports Entertainment Group to finalise Argyll acquisition by 31 July July 8, 2020 Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Craig van Flute – Argyll EntertainmentBolstering its social responsibility commitments Argyll Entertainment flagship subsidiary SportNation.bet will allow its players to make ‘charitable donations’ utilising reward points earned through the bookmaker’s revamped customer loyalty scheme.Detailing its initiative as an ‘industry-first’ SportNation.bet informs that customers will be able to convert reward points into cash donations to charities such as Prostate Cancer UK, the Injured Jockeys Fund, KickItOut and The Oddballs Foundation.Updating the media, Argyll details that the charity scheme has been developed as part of the company moving away from industry standards and developing its customer loyalty programme in-house.Launched during Q1 trading, Argyll developed a tailored rewards programme for its portfolio of sportsbook allowing for ‘more loyalty points to be made available for wagers placed on traditionally higher-margin products.’Craig van Flute, Argyll Entertainment Marketing Director said: “We’re incredibly grateful to those generous customers who have chosen to share their rewards points with a long list of great causes.“As a business we’re proud to support charities like these carrying out great work and after careful consultation with both staff and customers it made sense to develop our technology to facilitate those who want to give back as part of their betting and gaming activity.”.SportNation.bet have selected the charities based on suggestions made by their staff as well as selecting those close to the heart of customers.A spokesperson for testicular cancer Oddsballs said: “The OddBalls Foundation is delighted to be named as one of SportNation.bet’s chosen charities for this new initiative.“We really appreciate the support of their team and customers; their valuable donations will help us to continue to raise awareness of Testicular Cancer across the country. A huge thank you to all involved.” Esports Entertainment appoints Jeff Cohen as IR lead July 28, 2020